Isaac Waddington was in good spirits after he finished fifth in the Britain’s Got Talent final.
The 15-year-old Portsmouth star performed his version of Billy Joel’s She’s Always a Woman, and was given a glowing review by the judges on the ITV show.
Isaac, who is a pupil at Portsmouth Grammar School, was thrilled after Simon Cowell said he thought the teenager could have a big career as a recording artist.
‘That is how I want my future to turn out,’ he said. ‘I was so happy because Simon Cowell didn’t really like my first audition, and I did the same song in the final, so for him to say it was really good was amazing.
‘For Simon - the big guy - to say I have got a big future as a recording artist was absolutely amazing.
‘During the course of the show I have felt the most support I have ever had before - so thank you to everyone.’
‘During the course of the show I have felt the most support I have ever had before - so thank you to everyone.’Isaac Waddington
Isaac, who lives in Portchester, was supported on the night by his dad Scott, mum Imogen, sister Martha, nine, and brother Jack, 12.
Imogen said: ‘It was an absolutely heart-warming, delicious performance from Isaac.
‘We are not even disappointed. I am so unbelievably proud of him, and amazed at his calm, cool, resilience, awareness, loyalty and kindness.
‘He is a really fantastic young man.’
Isaac had already impressed the judges and public with his previous performances, including a piano-accompanied version of Bonnie Raitt’s I Can’t Make You Love Me in the semi-final, and was rated highly by the bookies going into the final.
The teenage star started singing at a young age and his talent was discovered at Scott’s boatyard at WicorMarine Yacht Haven.
A customer heard him singing under his boat and told his father.
After successfully auditioning for Prebendal choir school in Chichester, Isaac has never looked back.
Scott said his son’s career is well-poised as Isaac is about to finish school, and was even revising for a history exam 30 minutes before going on stage.
He added: ‘There was nothing to dislike about his performance. I think he has done everyone proud.
‘He was brilliant.’
The News’ readers took to social media in their numbers to credit Isaac.
Rachel Smith commented: ‘He did so well! He has a bright future ahead of him!
Susie Bell added: ‘Should have been top three at least. Well done, you have done Portsmouth proud.’